How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam Is Dying Too)

  • by David Goldman
  • Narrated by Tom Weiner
  • 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Past and present civilizations failed and fail for many reasons, but the number-one predictor of a civilization’s survival is its sense of religion—or lack thereof. So argues First Things columnist David Goldman in How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam Is Dying Too).
The strength of a civilization’s religion affects its purpose, its fertility rate, and ultimately, its fate, says Goldman—who then argues that, contrary to popular belief, Islamic countries are in the last throes of death while Christian America is in a position to flourish. Goldman goes on to say that America must embrace our exceptionalism and stop trying to save Muslim countries that are determined to destroy themselves.
Original, stunning, and provocative, How Civilizations Die shows the power of religion to save—or doom—a society and why, if we stick to our principles, we will emerge as leader of another American century.

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What the Critics Say

"David Goldman muses on population trends and religion with a breathtaking depth, originality, and panache." (Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum)

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Customer Reviews

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A book of two halves!

It starts off very academically and logically, putting forward a highly reasoned argument for the book's proposition, as per its title. The key issue is population decline (and the reason therefor).

Okay that is fine but, whether to 'pad out' the book or otherwise, he ends up giving his views about the failings of President Obama and American foreign policy, sounding rather like the lonely, ranting drunk you avoid at the pub bar!
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- John

very offensive book and biased book against Islam

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Balanced writing


Has How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam Is Dying Too) put you off other books in this genre?

Most certainly


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Extremely aggressive tone


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam Is Dying Too)?

I won't cut anything but suggest writer to have a balanced way of writing about Abrahamic religions.


Any additional comments?

Very bad listening experience

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- Dr hamid jalal

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-09-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.